Much to my pleasure, Space Force is back on Netflix for Season 2. While its future for a third season is unclear, the ending of Season 2 definitely leaves room for one.
This workplace comedy follows the people in charge of establishing the Space Force in the US military. The show has much to recommend itself, and here are five reasons why you should check out Space Force on Netflix.
1. An Out of this World Cast
Steve Carell and Ben Schwartz were two big reasons I was interested in checking out Space Force, and the actors do not disappoint. Carell gets another chance at playing the boss, this time competent (mostly) and sincere. General Mark Naird (Carell) is in charge of Space Force, and yet his understanding of the science behind it all is lacking, to say the least. Carell is able to balance Naird’s skill as a general, and with his lack of knowledge in the field, he has found himself in perfectly with the right amount of humor.
I love F. Tony Scarapiducci (Schwartz). While his character is reminiscent of Jean-Ralphio Saperstein (Schwartz) from Parks and Recreation, especially on the surface, they are vastly different at the core. Schwartz is almost type-casted for this role; however, he brings a more sincere and kinder side to F. Tony that cannot be found in Jean-Ralphio.
The entire cast works well with each other, making the comedy flow and the more serious moments feel real. Dr. Chan Kaifang ( Jimmy O. Yang) and Captain Angela Ali (Tawny Newsome) have a great friendship that easily transforms into something more.
2. The Comedy
The comedy, for the most part, is harmless and fun. There are some cringe-worthy moments, but in its entirety, it is enjoyable, and the way they make science-based jokes does not require a deep understanding of the subject. I would never think that having a rocket launch in the middle of the desert would require the collecting and safekeeping of endangered lizards in the area, but it made sense and helped set the tone of the type of humor.
One of my favorite jokes from Season 2 is having the computer automatically update itself during a tense moment. The way the entire situation is handled is perfect. And then to have Dr. Mallory (John Malkovich) have the most extreme reaction to it, only to solve the problem unbelievably quick was hilarious.
3. Political Satire
The premise for this show is a political satire based on the creation of a space force in the US. It does this while not being overtly negative to either party, instead, it pokes fun at both sides. They also have a few look-a-likes of the more famous members of congress with the perfect names to accompany them. The tongue-in-cheek tone of it makes it enjoyable for everyone.
4. It’s Wholesome
I was not expecting Space Force, a political satire, to be wholesome, but it is. The romantic relationships, while not center stage, are handled is with care. Maggie Naird (Lisa Kudro) is sentenced to jail for 40 years, for reasons unknown, and General Naird is still so optimistic about their relationship. He is also supported by his coworkers through these struggles.
The way the characters support each other and create their work family is a joy to watch. The second season really finds its footing in this department. Viewers cannot question the important role each character has in each other’s lives. Season 2 also pairs up different characters, which is nice to see their dynamics at play and gives a deeper look into their lives.
5.The Character Dynamics
F. Tony is not someone you would expect to have sincere moments, but seeing him stand as a wingman to Chan and helping Angela after her struggles were fantastic. The cast works so well with each other and has the kind of chemistry that helps the comedy and relationships. You can see how much they all care about each other. Erin Naird’s (Diana Silvers) relationship with Dr. Mallory and his fiancé, Jerome, from Season 1, was a significant development. He truly cares about her and her future. I loved watching both General Naird and Dr. Mallory help her with her college interview.
As stated earlier, it is unclear whether we will be getting a third season. I am satisfied with the show, should Netflix decide not to renew, but I absolutely hope it does! The cliffhanger was one that I would like to see resolved, but it can also be looked at as another joke to end the show with. (I would very much like to know what Maggie Naird did to get at least 40 years in prison. Netflix, please renew!)
If you haven’t already, check out Space Force on Netflix and let us know why you love the show!